Beginning with the new moon on April 12, the Grade 1/2 class embarked on a science unit studying the moon. The students began by charting all of the things they felt they knew about the moon. As they began to learn about the moon's phases, characteristics and relationships to Earth and the sun they looked back at what they thought they knew and sorted their "facts" as accurate (with a green check) or inaccurate (with a red X). Yesterday they learned about craters and engaged in an activity to simulate the action of an asteroid (a marble) moving through space becoming a meteor (entering the moon's atmosphere)  which then resulted in a meteorite as it made impact with the "moon" (a container of flour).

In culmination of our Energy Waves and Transformations unit, the students in the 3/4 class were challenged with the task to create a comic strip that illustrates at least 4 different forms of energy and demonstrates at least two energy transformations.

PreK went on a worm hunt and then made wormeries. They explored the school grounds and discovered that most worms like to live in our garden.  Most of all, the children enjoyed holding worms!

Thank you for all your support in this year's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Invention Challenge fundraiser. It was indeed EPIC! We raised $1880 to help in treating and defeating childhood cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. The funds we all raised together as a community will go a long way in saving lives.
Thank you to Lara Hotaling, 3/4 classroom teacher, for all her efforts in organizing the St. Jude EPIC Challenge. Mrs. Hotaling's dedication to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the motivator behind this annual fundraiser

We are loving exploring our Think Tank center. We finished our St. Jude inventions...we had The Hugger 3,000, a Cup Sanitizer and The Telescope to name a few. The students love having an outlet for their creative energy and the materials to transform their designs into reality.

At the Taylor School art class provides an opportunity to further investigate ideas and create works of art create connections between learning about civilizations from long ago and real-life experienes. Teachers work together to curate these special learning moments. Ancient civilizations is a perfect opportunity for students to investigate one of their favorite feathered friends and the symbolism behind the wise Greek goddess, Athena. Work is oil pastel and metallic watercolors on black sulphite paper.

The future scientists are deep within their space unit fact-finding mission! Reading books, creating astronaut gear and learning all about day and night. Hands-on and minds-on activies make for happy PreK learners!

The Sage students in grades 5/6 and 7/8 celebrated school spirit last week with fun themes and creative outfits! This year they had: Mismatch Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wayback Wednesday, Team Color Thursday and Face Mask Friday. The students (and teachers!) all had a great time stepping out of their normal clothing rotation and into their costumes.